Thursday, January 21, 2010

Life Unexpected - Premiere Thoughts - January 21, 2010

2010 Winter TCA Tour - Day 1
I knew I was going to like this show and did. Life Unexpected premiered this week on The CW. Really, really liked this show. The show stars Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Kerr Smith, and Britt Robertson. I've said this previously but the story and the cast really drew me to this show. I grew up watching The WB so seeing Shiri and Kerr both back on a show together was a plus for me especially one that is very WB like with its content. Yep, I've still got a little crush on Shiri Appleby. LOL. She plays Cate who is a radio talk show personality along with her boyfriend, Ryan, played by Kerr Smith. Britt Robertson's character, Lux, fits into the equation of the show as a fifteen year old girl who has been in foster care all of her life including seven different families. She decides that she has had enough and goes to be emancipated. To be emancipated, she needs the signatures of her birth parents. So, she tracks down her father, Baze, who is played by Kristoffer Polaha. Baze owns a bar and basically has the story of that he peaked in high school as far as life goes. Who is the mother? That would be Cate as they had a hook up in high school which resulted in her giving up the baby cause she was sixteen at the time. Baze had no idea that he had a kid and calls Cate when Lux shows up at his doorstep needing a signature. That gets us to Cate finding out about this over the air and realizing that they are in the parking lot of the radio station. Cate ends up realizing just how bad of a life that her daughter has had and how basically no one has wanted her for her whole life. Cate is ready to step up and help out and ends up with major regret over her decision of giving her up to begin with. We also learn that one reason that Lux had trouble being taken in as a baby was a heart issue that she was born with. That didn't help her cause any. Other things we see over the course of the premiere is Ryan proposing to Cate and them agreeing to get married. Lux's emancipation hearing goes nowhere as the judge won't allow it cause she is so young and has no income. Cate and Baze show up at the hearing and later end up working together to make this all work. Cate takes Lux to live with her. We had yet another hook up between Cate and Baze which Ryan knows nothing about. I really like the roommates of Baze's as well. Good comedy added to the show especially when Lux showed up. Funny moment with one of them eating popcorn as this played out just watching this story unfold before him. Oh yeah, Baze also has a girlfriend that he had to explain this information all to when a teenage girl was suddenly in their place. I really like this show a lot and am pulling for it to do well. The show airs on Monday nights on The CW at 8pm central time. You can check out the episodes online and more information at: http://cwtv.com/shows/life-unexpected

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